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I have both

Ian Neuhaus
In use, the LN is harder to start -- which I think is related to an assumption on behalf of the original sharpener that users would be "experienced" sawyers.

But my LN is engraved with both Lie Nielsen and Independence so dates from just after when Pete Taran sold Independence Tools to Tom in 1998. The current sharpening practice may well be different.

The Veritas (14 tpi) is easier to start, so it's the saw I prefer to just pickup and use. But, if I force myself to spend 5 minutes practicing starting a cut, my preference switches to the LN. Mostly due to the hang angle, I think.

Both saws work well, and if forced to make a recommendation, it would be Veritas -- purely on the balance of performance vs price.

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